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The Voice of San Diego Podcast

VOSD’s Friday roundup of the past week’s news in brief, featuring interviews with special guests and more.

Oct 14, 2016

There's a handy app that makes searching through San Diego campaign contributions easy.

It was created by Joe Yerardi, a data reporter at inewsource, who joined hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about some of the things he's learned by following the election money.

Yerardi summarized who's supporting the yes and no campaigns of many of the local measures, including Measure A, a proposal from the San Diego Association of Governments that would levy a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation, infrastructure and open space projects throughout the county.

"So Measure A is really sorta interesting because traditionally you've got Republicans and Democrats who will break down yes one way, no the other way," he said. "But the thing that's really interesting about Measure A is that you've kind of got this split on the left side of things, so a lot of liberals ... are coming out against Measure A. They say it's not really effectively pro-environment enough and it focuses too much on sort of old notions of transit."

Yerardi also breaks down the money flowing into the yes and no campaigns behind the Chargers' convadium pitch and a proposal to build the controversial Lilac Hills Ranch development.

Lewis and Keatts also talk about the heated convadium debate happening in VOSD's op-ed section. The latest is a fiery piece by Chargers adviser Fred Maas, who takes on some of the points architect Rob Quigley laid out in an opinion piece earlier this month. They touch on the two studies that tell very different stories about the economic impact of the proposed stadium and convention center annex and question why the Chargers have yet to really roll out any star power when it comes to who they have publicly promoting their proposal.

Also on this week's podcast, San Diego homes are super expensive right now and the anxiety that comes with unplugging from Twitter for a few days.

Hero of the Week

Gov. Jerry Brown's lovable corgi Sutter Brown is sick, which is sad, so he's the hero.

Goat of the Week

The city of San Diego gets goated for the debacle happening with the brand new lifeguard tower at Children's Pool in La Jolla.  The U-T's watchdog team dug into the troubles surrounding the brand-new project that had to be closed down because of problems allegedly related to design problems and faulty construction.